In many ways, there will be little surprise that Donald Trump has turned his back on the world's first comprehensive deal on climate change but it is a profoundly depressing development that ignores the danger posed to the entire planet by rising temperatures.
While the Westminster election campaign in Northern Ireland has been a largely lacklustre affair, the same cannot be said of Britain where, against all the odds, the Labour Party seems to be giving the Tories a run for their money.
While the Renewable Heat Incentive debacle caused deep unease in the months leading up to the collapse of the Stormont institutions, arguably it was the axe taken to a Gaeltacht bursary scheme that showed beyond doubt that the DUP was not interested in power-sharing based on mutual respect.
The level of anti-social behaviour in the Falls Road area of west Belfast continues to cause deep concern with young people clearly feeling they can do whatever they like, regardless of the consequences.
The gifted young singers from St Patrick's primary school at Drumgreenagh, outside Rathfriland, in Co Down, may have narrowly failed to make the final of the Britain's Got Talent competition but they still made an enormous impact on the live television show.
When the first ominous reports began to circulate of an explosion towards the end of a sold-out concert in the 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena, there were immediate fears that serious casualty levels were likely to follow.